Bath is a photogenic city. Visitors come from round the world to see its crescents, baths and museums – they take their photographs, paint pictures or write long, descriptive letters home about the beauties of the architecture or the city’s long history. But what of life on a daily basis? The Library’s collections contain materials that highlight everyday … More Life more ordinary
Some famous people have lived and worked in Bath. Many more not-so-famous people have also lived here. And some families have stayed for generations: their names crop up frequently across time – Oliver, Peirce, Falconer, Cotterell – though maybe not much outside the city. But in the case of John Palmer, his name recurs several … More My name is Palmer. John Palmer.
It is very hard to know exactly what is in all of our collections. Some items are used frequently, and some items only very occasionally come off the shelf, or out the drawer, to be seen for their value and interest. One such item was requested the other day: a prescription for the use of … More Drink three quarts of the Pump of the King’s Bath
Bath has seen many people pass through its streets over the centuries. Some stayed, some passed through. Some are still famous – Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Mary Shelley – but there are many more who were famous in their time, but they are now forgotten or only vaguely remembered – Fanny Burney, George Wade, John … More The Lament of Major André
We have a very dedicated volunteer in the Library, Julie, who has spent the last four and a half years combing through our clippings collection. The collection was started by J. Meehan in the early 20th century and bought, along with other parts of his collection, by the Library. We still add to the collection … More The Bath Prophecy
Sir Isaac Pitman is a name that may be vaguely familiar to you. Not so long ago secretaries, journalists and many others spent hours learning the squiggles and lines of Pitman shorthand as a means of swift note-taking. With the advance of technology these skills are no longer in demand and, like Morse Code, the … More Eizak Pitman ov Bath and the Fonetik Instituzionz